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Eight years after the Winklevoss brothers filed the first application for a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), the first Bitcoin ETF in the United States will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). ProShares, a Bethesda, Maryland-based supplier of specialised exchange-traded products, filed an application Friday to begin trading of the Bitcoin Strategy Fund on Oct. 19, 2021. The fund, which will be denoted by the ticker BITO, will track Bitcoin (BTCUSD) prices via futures contracts traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME).

The debut of the ETF, according to Michael Sapir, CEO of ProShares, is a watershed moment.  “1993 is remembered for the first equity ETF, 2002 for the first bond ETF, and 2004 for the first gold ETF. 2021 will be remembered for the first cryptocurrency-linked ETF,  he said. 

Douglas Yones, NYSE’s head of exchange-traded products, also commented about the historic occasion, but stressed that more development on cryptocurrency investment products needed to be done. “This is an exciting step but not the last,” he told The New York Times. 

According to Sapir, the ProShares fund will provide cryptocurrency exposure to investors who already have a brokerage account “but do not desire to go through the hassle and learning curve of establishing another account with a cryptocurrency provider … or are concerned that these providers may be unregulated and subject to security risks.”

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s inaction has resulted in the launch of trading in the ProShares fund’s shares (SEC). The agency has 75 days to submit comments on an ETF proposal. If the SEC allows the deadline to pass, funds may begin trading. On the morning of October 18, the deadline for ProShares money expired.

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Auction of Wikipedia’s editor’s first computer and NFT is On

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Auction of Wikipedia’s editor’s first computer and NFT is On

The computer Jimmy Wales used to create Wikipedia is up for auction, along with an NFT commemorating his first change on the platform, auctioneers announced Friday.

Wales “used for development and research at the time of the website’s launch on January 15, 2001,” when the website launched on January 15, 2001, according to Christie’s, which is supervising the sale.

The second lot is for an NFT generated by Wales of Wikipedia’s debut onscreen image when he uploaded the first words, “Hello world,” according to Christie’s specialist Peter Klarnet.

The NFT will be presented in JPEG format and will allow the customer to edit the page, which can be “which can be reset with a timer to revert to its original state,” to its original state.

In addition to supporting WT.Social, the proceeds from the sale of the NFT will go to a range of nonprofits working in the free culture field, according to the Christie’s website.

Christie’s hopes to sell the two lots for hundreds of thousands of dollars, Klarnet added.

NFTs have become a staple of auction houses and the art market for some collectors and investors.

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Singapore has suspended a crypto-exchange, Over a disagreement with K-pop group BTS

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Singapore has suspended a crypto-exchange, Over a disagreement with K-pop group BTS

Singapore’s banking watchdog has halted a popular digital currency exchange over a crypto pension programme linked to South Korean boy band BTS.

Singapore’s decision to stop Bitget’s local activities comes as the city-state strives to become a worldwide cryptocurrency hub.

BTS’s agency Hybe threatened Bitget with legal action in October for the promotion of Army Coin, named after the group’s ardent fans BTS ARMY. Who made the coin is unknown.

“so they do not have to worry about surviving but instead let them do what they desire to do” the platform advertised Army Coin. Hybe stated the coin is unrelated to BTS.

The episode shows the difficulties regulators face in controlling the crypto business as regular investors accept digital currency.

Barcelona star Andrés Iniesta was criticised last week for promoting the world’s largest crypto exchange on Instagram.

Singapore, a financial and free-trading port, has been more open to technology than regional rivals Hong Kong and Tokyo.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore has awarded Binance, Ripple, and Coinbase licences to serve retail and institutional clients.

Bitget had been exempted until July, according to a source familiar with the case. Bitget and the MAS refused to elaborate on the basis for Bitget’s exclusion.

Bitget’s services were still available in Singapore until late November, when it promoted Army Coin and claimed MAS clearance on its website.

After being notified by the Financial Times, the company removed the MAS logo from its site and prevented Singaporeans from using its app or website. Bitget still claims US, Canadian, and Australian licences.

Army Coin has since been listed on CoinTiger, another Singapore-based cryptocurrency market. The coin “exists for the good of BTS” and will “truly support them financially”, according to CoinTiger.

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Charlie Munger, a billionaire investor, is still not a big supporter of Bitcoin.

‘I wish they’d never been invented,’ Munger said at the Sohn conference in Sydney on Friday, according to the Australian Financial Review.

Asked if he had any admiration for China, Munger replied, “I think they made the right decision by simply banning them.”

The cryptocurrency market temporarily surpassed a market value of $3 trillion in November, and leading coins like bitcoin hit new highs this year, spurring a boom in interest in digital assets.

For the 97-year-old Berkshire Hathaway vice chairman, this position is nothing new. According to Munger, the Covid-19 pandemic made him loathe bitcoin even more in May at Berkshire’s annual shareholder meeting.

In response to the bitcoin success, he declared, “Of course I hate it.” Not only does it make kidnappers and extortionists so much easier to get their hands on your extra billions of billions of dollars, but I don’t enjoy just handing over your extra money to someone who just manufactured a new financial product out of thin air.

According to Munger, “I think I should say modestly that the whole damn development is disgusting and contrary to the interests of civilization.”

Munger, of course, would be opposed by bitcoin advocates. Some people feel that bitcoin can be utilised as a form of inflation protection because of its role as a store of value. According to these proponents, bitcoin is a safe and secure peer-to-peer currency.

Munger, on the other hand, has often slammed bitcoin for its volatility.

“It’s really kind of an artificial substitute for gold. And since I never buy any gold, I never buy any bitcoin,” Munger said at the annual shareholders meeting for the Daily Journal in February. “Bitcoin reminds me of what Oscar Wilde said about fox hunting. He said it was the pursuit of the uneatable by the unspeakable.”

According to Coin Metrics, Bitcoin is currently trading at $56,085, with a market value of more than $1 trillion.

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